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Mike Richard - Affections, Affects 1-4 (for speaking/ singing performers) [MMM027]


Published April 19, 2005


mmm027.jpgMike Richard was born in Santa Ana, CA, in 1967. He is an Image-Music-Text-Theater Re-Writer, independent researcher, and undisciplined theorist.

His compositions at CalArts ("text-scores"), studying with Michael Pisaro, enable other performers to create a "secondary symbolic network," formations of collectives, or "sociological constellations." This socio-political factory scenario is an "undisciplined" experiment that examines the unrepresentational potential for music, text, image, and theater.

Mike Richard's text-score works include:
Affects, Affections 1-4(2002)
For Michael Pisaro 1-8(2002)
The Ethics (5 Composers, 5 Chapters, 5 days): Chapter 3: On the Origin and Nature of the Emotions (2003)
Stalker (new soundtrack)(2003)
Le Bergsonisme (2004)

Mike is also involved in the creation of "indie-industrial bedroom synth-plop" under the name struggle at the snuggle factory. A new album, Nietzscheo-Kainian Songs for Fetishismo-Industrial Snugglies awaits release. Mike is now hard at work on the sequel, Dichotometrik and Demological: Nietzscheo-Kainian Songs Vol 2.

Past synthplop projects of this sort have been MJR33 (91-93), Red Lodge (93-95), and Jack�s Loss (96-00). My Mean Magpie recently included struggle at the snuggle factory on the Relax Brother Relax: A Twentieth Anniversary Tribute to Teenbeat Records (MMM025)

Mike's has also contributed recordings of compositions to other releases.
"Dreams of Green Base II (for Mike Fink)" appears on KLANG #3 (Klang Records, Germany, 2000) and a recording appears on Moods For Misty Evenings (455 Records, 1994).

Mike Richard has also been involved with several other bands and projects. Jack's Loss appeared on Amateurs on Plastic (MMM016/ULL10), and Red Lodge appeared on Afterburn a cassette on Rocker Supernova Records.

Scores and CDs of Mike's other compositions and struggle at the snuggle factory releases are self-published/ self-produced by Jack Ed Radar Commodities (Jerc).

File next to:
Robert Ashley, Franz Schubert's "Lieder", Morton Feldman (dig through the site to find a 30 minute midi composition), and the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzsche, Baruch Spinoza and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

Also, check out these other fine My Mean Magpie Releases.


Run time 01:21:02

Reviews

Reviewer: jm / i.standard - - April 28, 2006
Subject: Brilliant.
This desserves a much better review than the one I'm about to write.
Listening to "Affections, Affects 1-4", the only thing that comes to my mind to describe it is that this is exactly the record that Gastr del Sol should have written after "Upgrade and afterlife".

Except that they weren't good enough to do it.
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